East Bay Community Music Project

Music Is Community!


The East Bay Community Music Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, promotes community through music-making for people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, abilities, and economic status. We believe that music- making is as intrinsic to the human experience as language, preparing food and nurturing children. With this in mind we create and facilitate events, gatherings and classes that empower individuals and groups to make music that expresses their feelings, challenges their bodies and minds and engages them with their community.

East Bay Community Music Project events are a chance to make music with your peers, your elders, the youth of your community, experienced musicians and those that will learn from you. We make music with our bodies, our voices, with instruments that you bring with you and instruments that are on-site. Familiar sing-alongs and poetry created on-the-spot, just for the occasion. Activities are facilitated by experienced teachers and by members of the community who are inspired to share. There is a road map, and also lots of room for spontaneity, improvisation, and the unexpected. Not a music class, but there is an educational element for those that want to learn. The emphasis is on mutuality, the community bonds that grow from collective music-making, and fun.

Ryk Groetchen, director

Ryk Groetchen is a multi-instrumentalist (voice, flute, guitar, bass), composer and lifelong music lover.  His performance experience includes rock bands, free improvisation ensembles, jazz big-band, vocal ensembles and multi-media/spoken word performance groups. He has participated in a variety of community art- and music-making activities with young children, middle- and high-school students and adults.

Ryk is a perpetual student, committed to continuing his own music and movement education while sharing his understanding and his learning process with the community.  He has taught early childhood music classes with East Bay Music Together since 2002 and was awarded Certification Level I by the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, NJ., having demonstrated outstanding achievement in teaching, musicianship, program philosophy and parent education. Ryk has also completed Orff Schulwerk Certification Levels I, II, and III, and is a proud graduate of the Orff-Afrique course in Ghana, the Smithsonian Folkways Course in World Music Pedagogy, and Using Orff Principles to Teach Jazz.

Ryk has always had a strong desire to contribute in some way to musical culture, which led him to found the East Bay Community Music Project in 2012.

Jennie Dorman, associate director

The East Bay Community Music Project has provided a musical home for Jennie and her family since 2012, so she is delighted to serve this community as Associate Director and member of the Creative Team. Jennie designed and teaches our U.C. Village curriculum, launched our Family Camp program, co-leads Sunday Gatherings, and organizes our House Parties.  Jennie collaborates closely with the Director and Board Chair to execute successful fundraising campaigns; she also writes our monthly newsletter and is currently project managing our website redesign.

Jennie is an experienced grant-writer, project manager, program designer, and teacher. While working at UCSF she procured over $1 million in grant funding and mentored others in effective grant-writing. She also designed a new curriculum and led a system of “peer mentoring” teams to provide community and support for trainees there. Before that, Jennie worked at UW-Seattle, as a full-time coach for university teachers.

Her musical experiences include singing in synagogue and gospel choirs, playing Brazilian percussion, and attending Cazadero Family Camp with her husband and two kids. She has earned her Orff Level I Certification for music educators and completed a course on Using Orff Principles to Teach Jazz.

Andrea Fullington, board chair

Andrea helped founder Ryk Groetchen launch the East Bay Community Music Project in 2012. As Associate Director from 2012 – 2015, she conceived and led many musical activities and celebrations with the EBCMP community. Andrea left EBCMP for a few years to concentrate on other projects, but has now returned as Board Chair. She is excited to see how the community has grown and extended both its roots and its branches. As a classically trained soprano, Andrea has performed and recorded extensively with many ensembles, but since the birth of her two daughters, she has been focused on sharing her love of music with children and adults. She is a passionate teacher of preschoolers and school aged children, but has been most inspired by the magic and alchemy that occurs within musical communities, especially mixed age and mixed level communities. In addition, Andrea is an accomplished pianist and guitarist and enjoys singing folk music and most recently, Jazz.